April 16, 2024

A Donegal man has been sentenced to 240 hours of neighborhood service for persevering with to say social welfare funds after he took up employment.

Marcus Cullen of 8 East Rock, Ballyshannon appeared earlier than Ballyshannon District Court docket on Friday. The courtroom heard that he had paid again in full the defrauded sum of €1,069.20.

The defendant had beforehand pleaded responsible to failing to inform the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Safety of a change of circumstances on January 26, 2019. Cullen additionally pleaded responsible to creating false statements to obtain advantages on February 6, 2019 and March 6, 2019.

State solicitor Kieran Dillon defined: “They have been declarations to determine entitlement to Jobseekers throughout a interval when he was employed in a neighborhood restaurant. He didn’t notify the division of a change of circumstances.”

Mr Dillon stated the defendant had earlier convictions which had been heard within the circuit courtroom. They associated to offences in 2015 and 2016, for which Cullen had served 240 hours neighborhood service in lieu of 12 months in jail.

Defence solicitor Rory O’Brien stated that there was a level of overlap between the circuit courtroom issues and people earlier than the district courtroom on Friday

“They occurred as the identical set of occasions,” he stated, stressing that his shopper had pleaded responsible, been totally cooperative and had made full restitution.

“He totally appreciates the seriousness of those issues,” stated Mr O’Brien.

The solicitor stated his shopper had sure difficulties in his background, and had been a hashish consumer.

“Within the interim he has carried out comparatively effectively,” stated Mr O’Brien. “It’s a lesson discovered.”

Decide Deirdre Gearty stated: “Restitution is at all times an enormous a part of these offences.

“Mr Cullen has some historical past in relation to this sort of matter and I can’t condone in any form or kind that he made false claims and claimed cash.”

The choose stated she would nonetheless settle for the findings of the probation report by way of Cullen’s suitability for neighborhood service. 
She imposed a conviction and sentenced the defendant to 240 hours of neighborhood service in lieu of six months in jail.

Man given 240 hours neighborhood service for dole fraud was final modified: March 2nd, 2024 by Workers Author